Category: Album Reviews

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Django Django Are The New Stone Roses

Django Django Are The New Stone Roses
Django Django are the new Stone Roses. They are creating beat-driven pop-rock for a new generation. “Kick Out The Devil” feels like an updated version of “Fools Gold.” No one is John Squire, but some of the guitar tones Vincent Neff (singer and guitarist) uses on Glowing In The Dark are eerily reminiscent of The... Read more »

Release Radar 05/21/21 - Nicki Minaj vs Josh Rouse

Release Radar 05/21/21 - Nicki Minaj vs Josh Rouse
Sometimes we start the day so well, only to be derailed by life’s little pitfalls. How we respond is the difference between a win or a loss. This week we start out our Release Radar with an all-star rap attack from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Drake. It’s actually good, and the Firestarter’s voice is... Read more »

Mutt Lange Originally Sang "Do You Believe In Love"

Mutt Lange Originally Sang "Do You Believe In Love"
Robert John “Mutt” Lange is a producer/songwriter who is responsible for the original recording of what would one day become Huey Lewis and The News’ breakthrough single, “Do You Believe In Love.” Originally called “We Both Believe In Love,” it was recorded by the band Supercharge in 1979, with Mutt on vocals, for Virgin Records.... Read more »
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Release Radar 05/14/21 - Wolf Alice vs Django Django

Release Radar 05/14/21 - Wolf Alice vs Django Django
“I wanna live inside your headphones baby/ I wanna live inside a world wherever you are.”- Justin Young The Vaccines return with a summer jam meant for the open road, with the top down, and the wind in your hair. “Headphones, Baby,” should be playing on every radio for the next three months. The new... Read more »

Polyvinyl's "Exquisite Corpse" Is More Than A Compilation Album

Polyvinyl's "Exquisite Corpse" Is More Than A Compilation Album
Polyvinyl’s Exquisite Corpse is not just a compilation album, but a curated selection of artists from their roster that was divided into 11 supergroups, each tasked with writing an original song. All of the songs, as well as the artwork, were worked on remotely, that’s what makes this project especially unique. Rainer Maria’s Kaia Fischer... Read more »

Release Radar 04/30/21 - Counting Crows vs Teenage Fanclub

Release Radar 04/30/21 - Counting Crows vs Teenage Fanclub
It’s starting to feel like summer in the Chi, and the Counting Crows return just in time for the warm weather! Has it really been seven years since we’ve heard new music from Adam Duritz and company? Their new single is “Elevator Boots,” and it’s classic Counting Crows.” On May 21 they will release a... Read more »
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Release Radar 04/23/21 - Yelawolf vs James

Release Radar 04/23/21 - Yelawolf vs James
April showers bring May flowers, so embrace the chilly rain for a few more weeks. Think about all the fun stuff you can do with rain while we have it. De Lux is back on my #RADAR this week with an ode to the Talking Heads, called “What’s Life.” It’s not really an ode as... Read more »

Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo

Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo
Spring is in the air, tulips are towering, and baseballs are flying. Liz Phair has a new album on the horizon called Soberish. It will be her 7th, released on June 4th. Her latest single, “Spanish Doors,” reminds me of a cut, off of her debut, Exile In Guyville. I think having Brad Wood back... Read more »

Hippo Campus Singer Drops Solo Project "Lupin"

Hippo Campus Singer Drops Solo Project "Lupin"
I saw the Sessions email that Lupin was doing a Livestream when Covid first started, but had no idea who that was and why I was being notified? After my brother sent me the Spotify link to “Vampire,” a week later, I knew I had made a mistake. “Oh,” I thought. “That was Lupin!?” Jake... Read more »
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Release Radar 04/09/21 - Mating Ritual vs Twenty One Pilots

Release Radar 04/09/21 - Mating Ritual vs Twenty One Pilots
Mating Ritual was on my #RADAR again this week. They’ve continued to impress me with their songwriting, and “I’m Not Crazy” is one that gets better with each listen. Stick around for the climax, the best part is towards the end. Have Twenty One Pilots gone pop, or were they always pop? “Shy Away” might... Read more »